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Soccer Insider: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Beckham Speaks

Here's your chance to comment on David Beckham's comments concerning Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan's comments that appear in "The Beckham Experiment." "I have played with the biggest teams in the world and the biggest players and not once have I been criticized for my professionalism. It's important to get this...

By Steve Goff  |  July 11, 2009; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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Matchday: USA and MLS

With a quarterfinal berth already secure, the Americans (2-0-0) wrap up group play in the Gold Cup with a 7 p.m. kickoff against Haiti (1-1-0) at Foxborough (Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura). The USA has never lost a first-round game in tournament history and is seeking to clinch first place in...

By Steve Goff  |  July 11, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  Gold Cup , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Friday Morning Kickaround

Sorry I'm getting this up a little later in the morning than you're used to, but I've delayed getting my brakes done long enough and a family friend has offered to help me out. Thus, I'm back in the hometown of Alexandria, VA, most specifically Mount Vernon, and finally back...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 10, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (213)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Gold Cup , Mexico  
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Barklage Out for Season

D.C. United midfielder Brandon Barklage, who was injured in the first half of Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup win over Harrisburg, has a torn ACL, according to a team spokesman. Barklage, who was replaced in the 29th minute by Rodney Wallace in United's 2-1 win after appearing to have landed awkwardly...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 9, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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USA-Honduras Rewind

There are times when a story writes itself, and this was one of those games. A scoreless draw is changed dramatically on a strike by a player that not only was the sentimental favorite entering this match but has fought back from adversity in a truly inspiring way. You can...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 9, 2009; 12:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  CONCACAF , Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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U.S. Soccer Rewind

Paul Tenorio will check back in with his thoughts from RFK, but for now, here's the link to the story on the United States 2-0 win over Honduras. As you probably know, D.C. United's Santino Quaranta scored his first U.S. national team goal in the win with a strike in...

By Greg Manifold  |  July 8, 2009; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  D.C. United , Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday: Honduras-USA (UPDATED)

Greetings from Estadio RFK, where I've settled into an empty press box that soon will be packed, with not one spot without a name tag. They obviously are all here to see the star-studded US roster that downed the world's top-ranked team...wait, you mean very few of those players are...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 8, 2009; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
Categories:  CONCACAF , Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Wednesday Morning Kickaround

A few links and notes to share this morning... - D.C. United's U-17 team won last night in the MLS SUM U-17 Cup downing Kansas City, 1-0, on a goal by Luiz Cartagena (Gar-Field HS) and advances to the final today against Dallas. - CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader tonight at...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 8, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , Gold Cup , Women  
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United Rewind

Well, that turned into more of an adventure than I thought it would after the first 20 minutes. United came out aggressively and looking to assert itself right from the start, and there was no question which was the better side for much of the first half. D.C. moved the...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 7, 2009; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  
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Matchnight: City Islanders at United

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, where in about two hours D.C. United will kickoff in the U.S. Open Cup against the USL2 Harrisburg City Islanders, a team that two years ago surprisingly knocked off United in its Cup opener. Unlike Goff last week, I took the not-so-scenic I-270 route and paid...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 7, 2009; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
 
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Onyewu to Milan *Updated*

The big news of the day is obviously that U.S. national defender and Washington native Oguchi Onyewu has joined AC Milan on a three-year contract, according to the club, an absolutely huge move for Onyewu, and really for U.S. soccer. Onyewu, the son of Nigerian immigrants, was born in Washington,...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 7, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Freedom's Wambach and Whitehill Called Up

Abby Wambach and Cat Whitehill will likely miss the Freedom's game at RFK Stadium on July 18 against St. Louis Athletica because of call-ups to the U.S. national team. The United States is preparing for games against Canada on July 19 in Rochester, N.Y., and July 22 in Charleston, S.C....

By Greg Manifold  |  July 6, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Notes from RFK...x2

It was a busy day out at Estadio RFK this morning, with D.C. United practicing on the main field and the U.S. National Team over on the auxiliary fields. Thankfully I know the back way to the practice fields (its a quick drive around the stadium...) and thus have notes...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 6, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Summer Break

With a vacation balance reaching Himalayan proportions, I am heading to the mountains (New England, not Nepal). Colleague Paul Tenorio and others will keep the Insider chugging along the next seven days and provide forums for, among other things, D.C. United's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal Tuesday and the USA Gold...

By Steve Goff  |  July 6, 2009; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Matchday: Freedom-Sol

UPDATE: Read my match report with quotes. Watch the highlights: Marta, the best female soccer player in the world, is at Maryland SoccerPlex tonight for her only visit to the Washington area this WPS season. Can the Freedom's UVA-oriented backline (Becky Sauerbrunn, Sarah Senty and Alex Singer) handle the Brazilian...

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Video: USA Victory

Read about the USA's 4-0 rout over Grenada in its Gold Cup opener. Next up for the Americans: Honduras Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Highlights........

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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